COAT OF SMILES, parody art of iconic symbols. A duck's hat, a mouse's ears and a smiling yellow button. Three iconic things brought together in one artwork.
The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Pinky And The Brain, A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo – in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Duckland 2


Indeed, the ducks will return. The answers to the questions Where, How and What will follow as soon as the final programming adjustment decisions took place.

#duckland #volumetwo #exhibition #teaser
Background: Carl Spitzweg, 'Lappländer im Winter', ca. 1850, partly repainted.

Monday, April 19, 2021

It's all Giorgio Cavazzano's fault!

My earliest memories of fictional vehicles with legs instead of weels, enabling their pilots to deal with even the wildest off-road tracks, come from a 1970s Walt Disney Comics story by Giorgio Cavazzano (drawings) and Rodolfo Cimino (story); at least before George Lucas' All Terrain Defence Pod (AT-DP) Walkers entered into my life.
From then on, I was "doomed" to draw those kind of rides, too. Many thanks to Michael (duck313) for helping me with the original references.

#giorgiocavazzano #inspiration #ducktales #duckberg #reference #roughsketch #donaldduck #scroogemcduck #allterrainvehicle #floriansatzinger #visualdevelopment

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Bye Bye Duckland!

Today marks the Duckland show's last day. But the ducks will return with another grand exhibition, soonish. Even earlier, there will be a Duckland catalogue available, both hard copy and digital. A million thanks for the huge support and interest! I'll keep you posted.

#duckland #exhibtion #kasematten #lastopeningday
Background painting: Carl Spitzweg ('In the Alpine High Valley')

Friday, April 16, 2021

Time flies, in Duckland

This Sunday (April 18th) will be the last day of the Duckland show. Apropos, I forgot to post one last cast-out poster scribble I did during the pre-production of the exhibition, last year. I still like the little story it tells. Again, based on a painting by Carl Spitzweg.

#duckland #preproduction #roughsketch #visualdevelopment #carlspitzweg #conceptart

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


This is another rough preliminary Mickey Mouse concept I did in preparation for the official Disney exhibition in Desenzano del Garda (NOV 2018 - FEB 2019), celebrating Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday.

I don't remember why I didn't put this one on my short list for the exhibition but still like the layout of the piece, lots of empty canvas.

#Mickeymouse #Desenzano #exhibition #mickey90 #castoutartwork #originalart #floriansatzinger

Monday, April 12, 2021

Jorge Bompart, the one-man animation band

Jorge Bompart just shared with me some of his his work-in-progress animation test bits he did with A.C.M.E.'s Yellow All-Terrain Glove Rover 313, a playful parody tribute to everything André Franquin, Wile E. Coyote, Evel Knievel and Donald Duck, all in one chunk. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

#donalduck #andrefranquin #wileecoyote #evelknievel #spineanimation #jorgebompart #parodyart #parodyanimation

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Swamp cowboy thing?

I don't have a clue what this sketch was about.

#sketchingaway #justforthefunofit #drawing #bluepencils

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Ducks are just the lens through which I see people

Please forgive me, I posted these process pieces here before but not along with this photo. It makes it complete, now.

#donaldduck #mauriziocattelan #juxtapose Maurizio Cattelan: Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Drawing Process: Aldrich St. John van Duck

And if interested, here is more or less the whole drawing run.

#characterdesign #drawingprocess #theducksfromACME #paperwalker #floriansatzinger

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The Smurfs dropped in!

What a huge surprise this was! 'The Smurfs' artist Miguel Díaz Vizoso made my day, today. This was his brilliant response to my silly Banana Duck. He even added little cartoon gloves and pants buttons to the character. I'm in heaven!

#thesmurfs #MiguelDiazVizoso #duckland #bananaduck #mauriziocattelan #bananahat #floriansatzinger #artbaselduck

Association de Canards Magnifiques Extraordinaire (A.C.M.E.)

For the time being, I can't reveal the main characters of this project and their theater of operations. For their own and my own safety, of course.

For questions or matters of urgency, please contact A.C.M.E. Secretary of Field Operations, Commander Aldrich St. John van Duck.
(*self-evidently heavily inspired by John Cleese/The Ministry of Silly Walks)

#TheDucksFromACME #characterdesign #visualdevelopment #conceptart #teaser

Monday, April 05, 2021

One last thing about the "Banana Duck" ...

Did anyone notice the weird grooving on the pencil point? I did sharpen it with a bread knife which added nice textures to the pencil lines.

#drawingtools #bluepencil #colerase #20044blue #paperwalker #floriansatzinger #duckland